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Judicial Change to Believe In

Here’s when you know something momentous has happened to our struggle over the Supreme Court’s role: When Republicans largely give up talking about “judicial activism,” when liberals speak of the importance of democracy and deference to elected officials, and when judges are no longer seen as baseball umpires.

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Rove at Yalta
yes-ukraine.org

Karl Rove’s Ukrainian Sojourn

Since Karl Rove skipped out on his subpoena to appear before the House Judiciary Committee last month, the whereabouts of Bush’s longtime political strategist have emerged—Rove was in Crimea, Ukraine, for the fifth annual Yalta European Strategy summit. Also in attendance: former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


Rep. Cannon

Rove Catches Executive Privilege Express Out of the Country

Karl Rove had been subpoenaed to testify Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee about the partisan politics that allegedly played a role in the U.S. attorney firing scandals that shook up the Justice Department during Rove’s time as a key White House adviser—but he didn’t show. Whoops!

Posted on Jul 10, 2008 READ MORE


Leahy

Leahy Snaps at White House Stonewaller

Bush lackey Scott Jennings gives Sen. Pat Leahy the broken-record treatment, which has become so familiar. Witness Leahy’s frustration break as Jennings refuses even to describe his duties: “Let’s not be too contemptuous of this committee. ... You work at the White House. You’re paid for by taxpayers. You work for the American people. I’m just asking you what kind of work you do.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Scandal Fatigue

It’s way past bedtime for Gonzo. At this point, every day Alberto Gonzales continues as attorney general means more dishonor for the office and the nation—and higher blood pressure for Senate Judiciary Committee members trying desperately to get a straight answer out of the man.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


Miers and Bolten
left: wonkette.com / right: thenextleft.com

Panel Calls for Contempt Action

The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold former White House counsel Harriet Miers and former White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten (pictured above) in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify on the firing of U.S. attorneys. The measure will now move to the full House.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Goodling Spills the Beans

Monica Goodling, who had refused to testify before the House Judiciary Committee until she was granted court-approved immunity, had plenty to say to the committee Wednesday. The former Justice Department liaison with the White House criticized Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, who she said was “not fully candid” with Congress. Goodling also admitted unintentionally breaking federal law by assessing prosecutor candidates on the basis of political allegiance.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


Democrats Issue First Subpoenas

As expected, the House Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas Thursday as part of an investigation into the Justice Department’s alleged partisan abuse of U.S. attorneys. The decision marks the first time Democrats have exercised their reclaimed subpoena power. Chairwoman Linda Sánchez called the move a “last resort.”

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


Arlen Specter
msnbc.com

Senate Prepares for Constitutional Showdown

A parade of experts before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed the power of Congress to “validly limit the presidential use of force.” Tuesday’s hearing came as legislators prepared to square off against Bush’s war escalation and amid the concern, shared by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., that a constitutional battle is “imminent.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


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